Herbs are the plants used for both flavoring dishes as well as in medicines. Some of them are:-
A thick and heavy form of herb which contains precious healing gel that provides healing effects for many skin and hair related diseases. It is a wonderful cure for irritated or inflamed skin and also helps to repair skin from the tender wound. Besides these healing properties, it is also used for drinking purpose. However, the natural taste of Aloe Vera is so bitter that one cannot drink it in raw form, so it is mixed with some fruit or vegetable juice that’s preferably sweet or preferred sweetner. Many people use it with smoothies or fruit desserts or cook the Aloe Vera, simmer aloe Vera is also a technique to mix with favorite spices and ingest it as a soup.
Rosemary is rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which helps to boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. It has numerous benefits in protecting the lungs, improving digestion, discharging bile, decreasing the chances of infection, etc. It’s needle-like leaves have lemon-pine flavor that goes well with roasted garlic, olive oil and tomato sauce but because of its strong flavor, a light hand is advised. It can be chopped and used in stuffings and sauces.
Mint is known for its highest antioxidant capacities. It acts as a panacea for many common human body diseases & pains like cold, sore throat, indigestion, abdominal pain, heartburn and possibly relieves tension headaches. It is also prevalent in cooking, to add delicious flavor and texture to the meal. It is most commonly used in Curries, and the most common, mint juleps and mojitos, often used as healthy ingredients in tea and desserts.
Turmeric, the golden spice, has anti-inflammatory effects and also is a well-renowned antioxidant. It is yellow in color and has a pungent, bitter taste and has a mild aroma. It is also used as a cosmetic containing curcumin which may offer protection against cancer, arthritis, etc.
Parsley belongs to a species of flowering plant with a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and potassium. It has tremendous healing properties like preventing halitosis, fighting skin cancer, diabetes, promoting bone strength, boosting the immune system, serving as a natural antibiotic, keeping the heart healthy and detoxifying the body. It assists in maintaining a healthy urinary tract as well. Besides medicinal purpose, it can also be used for cooking purposes, as garnishing in salads, sauces, and used in soups.
Basil is used worldwide for its healing properties, it contains disease-fighting antioxidants, and has the ability to help fight cancer, free radical damage while protecting DNA structure and cells, also containing anti-microbial properties that fight viruses and infection. Generally, most of the herbs tend to dominate basil’s flavor and aroma, but oregano is one that is most often used conjunction with basil. Other combinations include summer savory, rosemary, and sage. Basil is suggested to be added at the end of the cooking process to get its intense flavor. It should not be heated for long as; its volatile oils can dissipate.
Pepper is known as the ‘king of spices. Pepper tastes hot and adds uniquely excellent flavor to any dish. It grows like grapes and starts losing its flavor as soon as its ground. Generally, it is added directly into a dish for obtaining its spicy flavor. Some of its medicinal properties include improving the cognitive function, antibacterial quality, and antioxidant potential.
It is an aromatic herb with antiseptic and antifungal properties; It contains oil which is often used for aromatic and therapeutic purposes. It improves circulation, protects the heart, boosts immunity, improves vision etc. Thyme is an amazing ingredient that’s used in cuisines around the world. It is the main ingredient in this cleansing take on pesto sauce.
We know clove as a staple spice of Indian cuisine. In addition to its sweet and aromatic flavors, they also have potent medicinal properties. It is antibacterial, improves digestion, and protects the liver and also act as an effective anti-carcinogenic. It can be used easily to overwhelm a dish and it is one of the most therapeutic herbs having both pro effects and anti-cancer effects.
Cinnamon brings complexity to appetizing dishes and the warming, spicy flavor of cinnamon, which goes well with winter foods such as stews and hot beverages, as well as spicy foods like curries and moles. It is also a staple in baked goods and can be added to fresh fruit, black beans, and cereals. It acts as a natural aesthetics, provides major relief in arthritis pain, lowers blood sugar level, etc.
Ginger contains strong medicinal benefits and is considered to be one of the best herbs as a key ingredient to be consumed while winters. Ginger powder is used in food preparations intended primarily for pregnant or nursing women. Ginger can be used to treat/prevent many forms of injuries and diseases like Nausea, Muscle pain, Heart disease risk, Cancer risk and maintaining cholesterol levels.